Our pastor recently stated that there is a difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible: “Bible reading helps you know the content of the Scriptures, and Bible studying helps you know the meaning of the Scriptures.” As I pondered this in relation to my own Bible reading and studying habits, I realized that my kids were missing out on the studying of the Scriptures, and I wanted to find a way to help them to begin studying the Scriptures on their own. I decided to put together some Bible Study Baskets for them, encouraging them to dig into the Word each day.
Building a Bible Study Basket
Having one place with all the supplies needed for Bible study is the first step in helping your kids to be successful in having a daily time in the Word. I’ve chosen to put together a Bible study basket for my kids and store it near the dining room table so they can grab it after breakfast each morning.
Supplies to include:
- basket or caddy
- Bible (I keep our Child Training Bible in the basket)
- Bible study notebook (see below)
- writing utensils (pens/pencils)
- coloring utensils (crayons/colored pencils/markers)
- Bible dictionary and/or concordance (for older kids)
Choosing a Guided Bible Study for Kids
From the Grapevine Studies website:
Grapevine Studies is the leading Bible study method and curriculum for devoted teachers designed to help them simplify planning, engage students, and grow disciples.
Provide teachers a tool to confidently teach God’s Word to their students while introducing them to the Gospel. We believe all students can understand the Bible and respond to the Gospel. Our desire is to see all students learn the process of Bible study in order to become confident and skilled in studying God’s Word on their own.
Young students learn the major characters and events through hearing the Bible, stick figuring the passage, and answering questions about lessons. The method for young children is Hear-Draw-Review.
Once students reach first grade we introduce them to the timeline of biblical characters and events. The first lesson in these studies are the timeline, then each subsequent lesson relates to a character or event on the timeline. The method for older students is Read-Draw-Review. With each progressive age, we attempt to introduce students to more Scripture, basic Bible geography, and how to use Bible study skills such as a Bible dictionary.
Replace the word “teachers” with “parents” and “students” with “children” in that description, and you’ll understand why our family loves to use Grapevine! We’ve used several Grapevine studies in our homeschool over the past several years, and I’m excited to help my kids incorporate the newest study on Moses and the Exodus into their daily Bible study time!
Building a Bible Study Notebook
I also print off a Bible Study Weekly Checklist for the front of the Bible study notebook, allowing the kids to keep track of their progress and see their momentum in building this new daily Bible study habit. On the checklist I’ve included a place for them to journal what they’ve learned, a place to list prayer requests and praises, and a place to write out the verse(s) they’re currently working on memorizing.
You can print a free copy of this Bible study weekly checklist by clicking on the image below. (This checklist works for all ages – even moms and dads!)
How do you help your kids dig into the Word?